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Transferring the functions of the Australian National Training Authority (A) 2008-73.1

9 January 2009



On Friday 22 October 2004, Aurora Andruska, the Group Manager of the Vocational Education and Training Group, Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) was having lunch with two colleagues. They were discussing the newly re-elected government’s commitment of $1.2 billion in the vocational education and training (VET) system to address skills shortages. Their mobile phones rang simultaneously, advising them that the Prime Minister had just announced the abolition of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) and the transfer of its functions to DEST. The Department had eight months to gain sufficient knowledge to manage the national training system, and Andruska’s immediate concern was that if the function was transferred to Canberra, many of ANTA’s Melbourne and Brisbane-based staff would not wish to relocate. Even if they could persuade some, the Department would still lose 12 years of expertise about the national training system.

The first part of this case looks at the establishment and funding of ANTA and the development of world-leading nationally consistent training standards.

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Authors: Nicola Quin
Published Date: 9 January 2009
Author Institution: ANZSOG
Featured Content Length: 3
Content Length: 10
Product Type: Part A, Primary resources